DeKalb County police hunt for sexual assault suspect - CBS46 News

DeKalb County police hunt for sexual assault suspect

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Marquis Ridge Apartments where attempted sex assaults happened Marquis Ridge Apartments where attempted sex assaults happened

Police in DeKalb County are looking for a suspect who exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl and two other women in their Decatur apartments.

The attacks happened at Marquis Ridge Apartments on Covington Highway.

Police said a 10-year-old girl fell asleep on the couch in the family's living room and woke up around 4 a.m. to find a man over her performing a sexual act.

"He said 'If you scream, I'm going to shoot you' and she said she screamed anyway," said Keitha Cook, the girl's mother.

Cook, her husband and two other children were upstairs sleeping but had a fan running so they did not hear anything until the child screamed.

Cook and other residents said it was only after the attack that they learned a man entered another apartment at the complex and exposed himself to two women sleeping on the floor.

"He was over our head," said Sabrina Evers, who lives with her girlfriend. "She woke me up by screaming and scratching me and telling me someone was in here so I jumped up and I started screaming."

Residents criticized apartment managers for not notifying them after the first attack on May 31.

After the assault on Cook's daughter, the complex did distribute a flyer to residents that warned them of a "peeping suspect."

"He attacked my daughter," said Cook. "He tried to get her to perform sex acts on him so I don't understand where the 'peeping suspect' comes from. The letter's a lie."

Police said they do not have a good description of the suspect since he had his face covered during both attacks.

"We've been fortunate that no violence or any type of physical contact has occurred," said police spokeswoman Mekka Parish. "We certainly want to locate him out of fear it may escalate. You just don't know his mindset."

A woman at the leasing office refused to comment and a call to the complex's property management company was not returned.

Police said they will hold a community meeting at the leasing office on June 11 at 8 p.m. to discuss residents' concerns.

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